Beyond coffee and tea, we Happy Go KL mamas rarely find time for a night out together. And so we gladly accepted the invitation to sample some Indian food from the proprietor of Fiercer in Publika, the stylized, modern twin establishment of the popular Fierce Curry in Bangsar.
The first thing we noticed upon entrance was the cool bar decked in art deco (or Peranakan?) tiles which we all adored. The striking art and the upturned tiffin bowl-turned-drop light shades gave the place a different feel from the usual mamak or opulently decorated Indian restaurants. We were told the steel bowls/tiffins, of which they have hundreds in supply, were all sourced from India. The atmosphere was certainly a refreshing change!
The space within the restaurant allowed us to take Earthmama’s cutest accessory – her 6 month old daughter – in tow. Juggling between leafing through pages of Fiercer’s extensive menu and Miffy, we munched on some crisp, non-oily papadums with mint sauce as a primer for the heat to follow.
Though we do like spices, we were glad to know that Fiercer serves mostly Northern Indian cuisine which tends to be more moderate in its approach to heat vs. its Southern counterpart. Nonetheless, we were glad to order some lassi (mango and pineapple – both delicious) to douse the palate.
The palak paneer (creamed spinach with cottage cheese) was delicious with generous chunks of cottage cheese. We also had some fish masala which was tasty though on the slightly salty side and some chicken makhanwala (butter chicken) which we gladly tucked into with two orders of butter naan.
As if that weren’t enough, we were also served with the signature Hyderabad dum biryani cooked in Fierce Curry House, Bangsar and delivered to Publika. We chose the chicken biryani which certainly didn’t disappoint. The bowl came sealed in pastry, ceremoniously broken at the table and served with mixed raita, pickled vegetables and curry sauce. A serving amply serves 2 and, as a side to other dishes, is good for 3 persons with moderate appetites.
With wine, beer and spirits served at the restaurant and a good mix of jazz, modern and mainstream music in the background, Fiercer is a good option for those who want a more grown-up yet laid-back setting to their Indian dining experience.
Fiercer by Fierce Curry House, Publika
For reservations: 019-383 0945 or 03-2202 3456
For catering services: 019-770 1945